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A Page From American Naval History

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by BigG, Feb 24, 2003.

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  1. BigG

    BigG Member

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    This is a piece of literature I rec'd off the errornet, however, in these times that try men's souls, I believe it is worth remembering the heroism and self-sacrifice of all who have been in harm's way. Particularly note the mention of cannonshot and gunpowder in the second paragraph (this keeps it on topic!). :D

     
  2. Blackhawk

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    So that means each man aboard consumed about 2 gallons a day of rum, wine, and whiskey.

    Must have been some mission! :neener:
     
  3. Modelo 1935

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    Not counting the rum "salvaged" from the Brits the average consumption figures for their 208 day jaunt are as follows:

    .41 gallons of Scotch per day, per man
    1.49 gallons of Rum per day, per man
    .65 gallons of wine per day, per man

    Thats nearly 2 gallons of the hard stuff followed by a liter of wine!

    Brings back found memories of my college days.

    Oh, and to stay topical the figures for the powder and shot are:

    .12 pounds of black powder per day, per man
    .07 pounds of cannon shot per day, per man
    :D
     
  4. Kharn

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    IIRC, the rum of that era was not as strong as it is today, it was very watered down.

    Kharn
     
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    That's a whole lot of drinking going on on the high seas! I wonder how often they had to swab the deck?
     
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    I wouldn't want to be the guy that had to do the swabbin'..:D ;)
     
  7. Jim March

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    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHAHahhhahhaaaaa!

    Oh GOD I can't stop laughing!

    That's just...impossible! Jeeeezus. Somebody call AA! Quick!
     
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    Talk about a party barge! :eek:
     
  9. geekWithA.45

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    That's why we're the best!


    We can wander around the high seas, completely soused, and still hold our own!
     
  10. Kharn

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    Jim:
    AA tried to intervene on January 25th. Thats why the USS Constitution's powder and shot were exhausted on the 26th, strangely, the AA's ship was never heard from again and is suspected lost. :evil:

    Kharn
     
  11. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    I knew that during the days of tall ships and iron men, grog (1/4 rum to 3/4 water) was issued to the crew, but I never realized that the Constitution's cargo had that much rum aboard. Must have been one jolly cruise ship.
     
  12. Dannyboy

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    This makes my liver hurt just reading it.
     
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    (This post has been pre-cleaned up so as not to offend our non-seagoing associates, who have had the misfortune to suffer life ashore without the soul-cleansing character of the open sea). :evil:

    Well, by :cuss: (you're welcome, Oleg) , it's thirsty :cuss: (you're welcome, Oleg) work firing up a :cuss: (you're welcome, Oleg) limey frigate to the :cuss: (you're welcome, Oleg) waterline! Then theres the :cuss: (you're welcome, Oleg) obligatory post-plunder and sink victory party, . And, there's only one sure way to cure a hangover, you :cuss:! (you're welcome, Oleg) . All in time for the next day's sailoring, :cuss:! (you're welcome, Oleg)
     
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    so THAT'S how they got by at sea without any women for that long! We Army guys always wondered about that! Now what's this about alcohol being some "alternative fuel for the 21st century"???
     
  15. Mad Man

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    You ever notice in Star Trek that they never show the lowly enlisted man who has to swab the holo-deck after Commander Riker is done using it?
     
  16. Mad Man

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    But on a serious note...

    The American Revolution ended in 1783.

    The reference to hostilities against British warships in 1798 should have raised some flags. This is especially true among people who frequently cite the War for Independence against Britian as a historical precedent for the need to own firearms. And those of us who criticize the poor state of the education system.

    According to the navy's web site about the USS Constitution (see history):

    PS - There's a thread with the same story, different dates, at GlockTalk.com.
     
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    Good thing they weren't pulled over by a Texas Parks & Wildlife game warden.

    With all that liquor, gunpowder, & drunken sailors, the game warden would have confiscated the whole kit & caboodle. :what:

    Fortunately, the game wardens I know are avid shooters & heavy drinkers...:evil: :evil: :evil:
     
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    USS Constitution

    I believe Ole Ironsides got her appellation in the War of 1812. Remember, the constitution authorized letters of marque and reprisal. Maybe it was involved in legalized piracy? :confused:
     
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    Makes you wonder if we were doing that to them... what were they doing to us at the same time? How many of our ships got raided by Brittish pirates?
     
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